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Simon Everitt family haunted by murder

PUBLISHED: 10:27 29 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:16 03 July 2010

THE murder of teenager Simon Everitt was a “horrific execution” which shocked a community with its “grotesque brutality”.

And Simon's family have spoke of how the killing continued to haunt them - after seeing his “sadistic” killers jailed for a total of at least 66 years.

THE murder of teenager Simon Everitt was a “horrific execution” which shocked a community with its “grotesque brutality”.

And Simon's family have spoke of how the killing continued to haunt them - after seeing his “sadistic” killers jailed for a total of at least 66 years.

In an emotional statement read to Norwich Crown Court on Friday, the 17-year-old's father Vince Everitt said he felt “guilty for living when my son was so brutally murdered”.

He added that both he and his wife had suffered mentally and physically while their two younger sons struggled to understand what had happened.

Simon Everitt, of Yarmouth, was tied to a tree, doused in petrol then burned alive, in June last year. The murder followed a dispute over a tangled set of relationships, involving the teenager and the two male defendants.

His body was recovered on June 29 - his father's birthday. Vince Everitt said he had bought his son a Christmas present in the forlorn hope that he was still alive. He was unable to attend court as his health has deteriorated rapidly and he had been put on “complete bed rest” by a doctor.

“Explaining what happened to our two young children was the hardest thing my wife and I have ever done,” he said.

“Unfortunately, with children that age, they forget and we have to explain it all over again. It breaks our hearts every time.”

Passing mandatory life sentences, Mr Justice Calvert-Smith said Jonathan Clarke, 20, of Telford, would remain in prison for at least 27 years before being considered for parole. He said Jimi-Lee Stewart, 25, of Nelson Road Central, Yarmouth, would serve a minimum term of 22 years. Maria Chandler, 40, of Lancaster Road, Yarmouth, would stay in jail for at least 17 years.

The three defendants were convicted of murder in May after a trial in Norwich. All three had denied the offence.

Jurors were told Simon was targeted after going out with Fiona Statham who had been in a relationship with Clarke and Stewart.

Vince Everitt said: “I am now seeing a trauma specialist. I suddenly go into a trance-like state and am not aware of what is going on around me.

“My wife Susan is on medication for depression. I very rarely sleep because I have such vivid nightmares.”

He said he worried constantly about what might happen to his other children and added: “I do wonder how long we can keep it going.”


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